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Heung-min a happy Son!
September has been a great month for Spurs and for one man in particular - Son Heung-min, who has every reason to be happy. We didn't see him on the pitch in August, mainly because he had been to Rio with the South Korean Olympic team, but he has certainly made an impact this month with five goals. Those goals have included a couple of crackers too! We are all going to run out of those Sonny headlines before too long at this rate.
Son was voted Spurs' man of the match in four of the five games in which he appeared this month, so it will be no surprise to learn that he is our Player of the month, and that he heads our Player of the season ratings at this time. Three of those votes were 8 out of 10 or over, and his grade in Tuesday night's Champions' League win was an excellent 7.7.
Being a prolofic goalscorer certainly helps to get noticed, but Spurs fans are not overlooking the consistent mastery of Toby Alderweireld, who has again performed so far this season without a disciplinary blemish to his name. Toby's game is not just about defending, but includes good ball carrying and passing skills. He also scored our goal against Monaco to continue his record of scoring in important games. Kyle Walker's impact in virtually every game he plays has also won recognition.
Spurs started the month in 7th place, but climbed five places this month with three Premier League wins and only one goal conceded in those games. In their 6 games this month, the team has scored 14 goals and conceded three. Unfortunately two of those goals were at Wembley against Monaco in our first Champions League game of the season. That win in Moscow has redeemed that situation and puts us in a good position in Group E.
The Monaco defeat is our one loss of the season so far. We remain unbeaten in the Premier League, and have asserted our claim to be contenders in what will be a hotly contested chase.
There has been so much to admire about Spurs this month. The club and its fans became history makers with an 85,011 crowd at Wembley, our highest ever "home" attendance, and the highest ever club attendance in England. Let's hope we can replicate the crowd figures, and improve the results in the November and December Wembley appearances.
The strength of Maurico Pochettino's squad is such that he was able to make 11 changes to the team when Justin Edinburgh's Gillingham came to town. The young team, strengthened by the presence of Eriksen, Janssen and Lamela, played excellent football and won 5-0.
Five seems to be a key number this month. Five for Son. Five places up the table. Five wins. Five goals against Gillingham.
All this success has been achieved despite Harry Kane sustaining a nasty ankle injury against Sunderland, but Harry will hopefully be back in early November. Danny Rose hasn't played in September due to an injury sustained on International duty. Eric Dier has missed three games, and Mousa Dembele has only managed one and a half so far. It is hoped that all three can return for Sunday's crucial game against league leaders Manchester City. Mauricio Pochettino has been "managing the minutes" of his players impeccably so far.
Of our new signings, Victor Wanyama has been the most successful so far, and has played in 7 of our 9 games. Moussa Sissoko has yet to bed in, and suffered injury at Middlesbrough. Vincent Janssen got off the mark with a penalty against Gillingham, and plays well with his back to goal, but needs more goals to fully gain his confidence. Georges-Kevin Nkoudou has had little game time, but impressed in Moscow, not only with his pace going forward, but with his excellent tracking-back skills.
Harry Winks and Cameron Carter-Vickers made their full debuts against Gillingham, and impressed. Josh Onomah scored his first senior goal in that game too. There have been new and improved contracts galore this month.
All is looking rosy for Spurs at this moment, and we can look forward with relish to Sunday's clash between first and second placed teams!
· Review the 2016-17 Premier League season here
Don't forget to check out the players' current figures re. appearances, cards, goals scored and accumulated ratings to date at the bottom of this page.
...if you want to read reports of the matches played during this season, then links are on the Spurs Odyssey Fixtures/Reports page here. By working your way back through the previous month's figures, you can review the performances over the last 16 years!